Formula 1 |  Hamilton hopes the FIA ​​will save him from migraines… and early retirement

Formula 1 | Hamilton hopes the FIA ​​will save him from migraines… and early retirement

Hamilton hopes the FIA ​​will preserve him

At Mercedes, it is to be assumed that the modifications imposed by the FIA ​​on porpoising, could push back the Anglo-German F1 in the hierarchy.

However, like his teammate George Russell, Lewis Hamilton, after having suffered so much in Baku, is also relieved. Health before all…

This is not the a priori opinion of several other drivers in the paddock, including Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen, who today said they were opposed to this interventionism by the FIA.

For Lewis Hamilton, were these drivers “forced” by their team to display a point of view at a press conference for political reasons? Would he accuse Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen of having a different speech in front of the media than in private? That’s what we can assume with his statements…

“It’s always interesting to see people’s perspectives and opinions from different angles. In front of you is one thing, and behind the scenes people sometimes say different things. »

“At the end of the day, safety is the most important thing and there is at least one driver in every team who has spoken about it. »

“I don’t think it will change much, but there is a lot to do. »

“It’s positive that the FIA ​​is working, because we have this car for the next few years. It is therefore not a question of putting up with rebounds for the next few years, but of getting rid of them completely, of fixing them, so that future pilots, all of us, will no longer have back problems. coming. »

Hamilton reveals extent of damage to his back

The Mercedes driver revealed the seriousness of the problem: with his back pain at the last Grand Prix, he would probably not have been able to respect the 10-second limit of extraction from the car.

” I do not think so. »

“It was excruciatingly painful at the time, so I’m just grateful that I was able to get through it. »

Lewis said he also takes 10G shocks to his back and admits to suffering from “a lot more migraines” This year.

“But I didn’t see a specialist on this, so I didn’t take it too seriously, I just took painkillers. I hope I don’t get concussions. »

Can porpoising put Lewis Hamilton into retirement?

If the solution is not definitively found by the FIA… Could Lewis Hamilton agree to stay in F1 under these conditions next year?

The question was also put to him very directly at a press conference.

“Well, I guess we’ll get that sorted by the end of next year, at least.” »

“I hope it won’t be something that will deter me from continuing to race. But… time will tell. »

But precisely, the Briton has hinted that lowering the ride height will not be enough in the case of Mercedes … which cannot go against the laws of physics.

“It’s more a question of the airflow structure under the car – so we run the car very high most of the season and it wasn’t until Barcelona that we started to be able to lower it. a little ; and we had no twists for the first time in Barcelona, ​​except for the high-speed corners. »

“Even when we raised the car [à Monaco et à Bakou], it always bounces. And we can’t go any higher, actually. We are limited by the rear suspension now. »

“In the last race and the previous races, we raised the car, and you always have rebounds. »

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